By Osborne & Francis
July 20, 2022

Ask Questions to Find the Right Nursing Home says Boca Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Choose a nursing home by doing some research, visiting facilities and asking questions says Boca nursing home abuse lawyer Joe Osborne.

If you’re in the difficult position of having to put a loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility you need to do the best you can to find the right place. Though instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living are not uncommon, most residents are cared for and treated appropriately. Boca nursing home abuse attorney Joe Osborne says you need to check out facilities yourself to see for yourself which one would be a good match for your family member.

AARP has suggestions for what to look for and questions to ask at nursing homes when you visit them.

  • What does the food look and taste like? Do the meals meet dietary requirements? Do they taste good? Visually appealing? Malnutrition is a major problem for nursing home residents and if the food’s not appealing residents may not eat and lose weight.
  • What sounds do you hear? Hearing someone moaning or yelling “help” is rarely a sign of poor treatment. It’s more likely the result of dementia. You should listen for how staff addresses residents. Staff should address residents by their names, not “Mama” or “Grandpa.” Residents need to feel respected. If music is playing does it sound like it’s for the benefit of staff or residents?
  • What does it smell like? Some bad smells are inevitable. Some medications and diets can make residents gassy. Elderly residents are more likely to lose bladder and bowel control. But if the facility reeks of stale urine, it could be a sign that the facility is not cleaned properly.
  • Is the staff overworked? Ask the staff if they work a lot of overtime and double shifts. If so, that’s an indication the staff is running short and stressed out which can impact patient care. Ask for the facility’s staffing ratios and see if how they compare to others on the Nursing Home Compare tool at Medicare.gov.
  • How are residents spending their afternoons? A crowd of residents circling the nurses’ station or watching people come and go through the front door can be a good sign because they’re not stuck in their rooms, alone, watching TV. A good nursing home will have a calendar of activities for residents.
  • How does the staff interact with each other? Listen to what the staff is staying to each other. Are they rude? If so they’ll probably be rude to residents. Does the staff spend more time chatting with each other or with residents? The more interaction with residents the better.
  • Do you see bruising? Though not necessarily a sign of abuse they shouldn’t be ignored. A finger-shaped bruise on an upper arm is very suspicious as are handprint-shaped marks on the face or stomach or bruises on the back, which could be caused by falls.
  • How does the facility handle a fall? Falls can happen even in the best nursing homes but the difference is how the staff reacts to one. Is the person checked for injuries? Will they safely get the person off the floor? Was the person checked later for injuries that didn’t appear at first? Are family members notified of falls? They should be.

If you need to find a nursing home or assisted living facility for a loved one do your homework, visit the facility and make the best decision you can. If your trust is misplaced and despite your efforts your family member is abused or neglected, don’t blame yourself. It’s the facility and its staff that’s responsible says nursing home negligence lawyer Osborne.

If you have questions about nursing home or assisted living facility neglect or abuse in the South Florida area, contact Boca nursing home abuse lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your loved one’s injuries.

Erica F.

5 star icon

"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"

Alfred

5 star icon

Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

E. Holland

5 star icon

Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

T. Andrews

5 star icon

“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

C. Smith

5 star icon

“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

J. Davis

5 star icon

“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer/ firm — everything was done professionally exactly how I wanted. Due to COVID my personal attorney Mr. Garcia was still able to make things work in a timely manner and he never made me feel like he wasn’t working. Overall I’m happy with how my case turned out and I would recommend him and this law firm to anyone. 100% satisfied.”

Ready For Your Free Consultation?